Well, I’m sure that some people did talk about them back when they were first released, but they seem to have fallen into oblivion in favor of more recent launches…
We beauty lovers are a little like spoiled children sometimes, don’t you think? We like our brand new toys for about 10 seconds, and then we want newer, shinier things to keep ourselves entertained. 🙂
But today is a different day, and I’m bringing back the love for four these not-so-recent lipsticks I absolutely adore!
1. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage ($28)
Ah, mon cher François, can you do no wrong?
Erm, actually…now that I think about it, there was that très dark Velvet Matte Lip Pencil that was pretty disappointing in the longevity department, but you know what? I forgive you, because her Dragon Girl sister definitely made up for it.
Oh, and not to mention the Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage!
Boy, do I love it, especially in the summer months, when it gets so hot here in Bologna that I can’t really be bothered to lift an eye brush. I’ll put it on, coat my lashes with two or three pounds of mascara, and be out the door.
It ticks all the right boxes that my favorite lipsticks have to tick.
Comfortable to wear? Check.
Fades evenly? Check.
François, I definitely forgive you for our Train Bleu mishap!
2. Maybelline SuperStay 14HR in Fuchsia Forever ($8.99)
You know those things in life that you just can’t wrap your head around no matter how hard you try? I mean, things like the fact that choker necklaces are back in fashion, how some people actually enjoy running, or why KIKO doesn’t have a liquid lipstick in their permanent collection?
Well, that I never hear anyone ever talk about Maybelline SuperStay 14HR in Fuchsia Forever is one of those.
It is just P H E N O M E N A L.
It’s a slightly muted fuchsia with a matte finish, and I find myself reaching for it no matter the time of the day or year. Add to that a formula that is incredibly long-lasting and comfortable to wear, and you get one of my most used lipsticks of all time.
I think it’s also worth mentioning that, normally, I don’t really do drugstore lipsticks. You know, I’ll buy them sometimes, because I want to try them, but then I kinda have to force myself to get out there and wear them.
With Fuchsia Forever? There’s no forcing involved. AT ALL.
3. Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Fiery ($24)
Where do I start with this one??
Look at that red! Slightly deeper, slightly muted… It’s so grown-up and elegant.
And the texture?! It glides and sort of melts onto the lips like no other lipstick I know. It almost feels like a gel — if that makes any sense. The only box Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Fiery doesn’t tick for me is the one for longevity, but that’s OK, because it fades evenly and, since it comes in crayon form, it’s really easy to reapply.
4. Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Rebellious Rose ($30)
Check this! The Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Rebellious Rose isn’t matte, and it isn’t bold, but I love it all the same. It’s highly moisturizing, exceptionally comfy, and it is sooo beautifying. Whether that’s due to the “sculpting” claim, who knows! But it’s very, very pretty and flattering — perfect for when I want some color on my lips but don’t want to go all out with my usual bolds.
How about you? Are there any products you swear by that the beauty world seems to have forgotten about?